International Students

Requirements for Healthcare Coverage
Classification Is Insurance Mandatory?
9 or More On-Campus (DeKalb) Credit Hours Yes (required to have NIU’s insurance unless sponsored by your government)
Less Than 9 Credit Hours No, but strongly advised to have
J-1 Visa Holders Yes (required by law)
Fulbright Scholars Yes (required to have NIU’s insurance)

All incoming international students who enroll in nine or more on-campus credit hours, are required to have the NIU student health insurance plan, unless your government sponsors you.

For all other international students, we will accept waivers with one of the following approved plans.

Approved Plans

Please contact the NIU Student Health Insurance Office at or 815-753-0122 for waiver instructions.

Dependent Coverage

Dependent coverage for spouses, domestic partners and children is available through the NIU Student Health Insurance plan. Our Student Health Insurance office provides individualized support for finding dependent coverage. Call 815-753-0122 or email

To find coverage for dependents, visit the Get Covered Illinois website or contact the DeKalb County Health Department’s Healthcare Enrollment Assistance Program at 815-748-2498 or email

Contact Us

Student Health Insurance Office
Health Services Building, room 201
Phone: 815-753-0122
Fax: 815-753-9599

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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